Minister owes Labrador an apology

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I would like to comment on a letter Labrador Affairs Minister Nick McGrath sent the the Combined Councils of Labrador denying their request to replace the Union Jack with the Labrador flag at the Quebec-Labrador border. (The Northern Pen, July 21)

He questions the comments made by Lisa Dempster, Liberal MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair: “people feel that the Queen is well represented in our Canadian flag, so why are we flying the Union Jack?”

She is absolutely right as no other province in Canada flies the Union Jack at their border.

McGrath then went on to make an incredible comment — “and I would suggest that somebody else make a phone call to the Legion and tell a veteran that many of their comrades lost their lives to give us the freedom we enjoy today” — implying that the people of Labrador should be ashamed to even suggest that the Union Jack should be replaced by the Labrador flag.

For the minister’s information my father fought in the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War and my two brothers served in the Second World War, one in the Air Force and the other in the tank corps. If they were alive today they would be disgusted with McGrath’s comments on this issue.

Also, for the minister’s information, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Islands all proudly fly their own flag even though they are all part of Great Britain. I strongly feel McGrath should apologize to the people of Labrador.  In addition, he should personally remove the Union Jack and replace it with the Labrador flag.

Burford Ploughman, St. John’s

Organizations: Union Jack

Geographic location: Labrador, Canada, Wales Northern Ireland Scotland Shetland Islands Great Britain

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